Fresh Cuts: New Hair Ideas To Rock In 2013

Bored with your long layers? Does your bob feel a little blah? There’s nothing wrong with finding a signature hairstyle that you love, but if you’re stuck in a hair rut, there’s no better time than now — as in, this second — to find a brand-new look. Whether you’re looking to add a slight enhancement to your everyday look or want to go for a may-jor chop, there’s nothing like a new year to mix it up and find the best look that works for your hair type and face shape. 

To get your hair-spiration flowing, we reached out to five top stylists for their predictions on the best hairstyles to come. From luxe braids to blunt bangs to ’70s-inspired blowouts, they shared the ‘dos that they can’t wait to see — and create — in 2013.


There’s no denying that Anne Hathaway’s big chop has been making a splash in the hair world — a fact that Allen Ruiz, North American Styling Director at Aveda, shamelessly admits. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what Anne Hathaway does with her pixie cut as she grows it out this year. She was going a little edgy for awhile, and then at the Golden Globes she rocked the cutest little pageboy.” 

Brave enough to make the chop? To style your own short cut, Ruiz recommends adding in volume by rough-drying the hair and following with Light Elements Texture Cream to control the volume and define the texture. “This way you get a textured look that’s still controlled in the exact way that you want it,” says Ruiz. The evolution of The Hathaway will definitely be one to watch this year. 

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Another hairstylist fave for 2013? Braids — shocker — but in a whole new light. Says Mark Townsend, Dove celebrity hair stylist: “I’m inspired by texture, and braiding the hair before twisting into a bun or a chignon adds so much to what would have otherwise been a boring bun. It keeps things fresh.” 

While Townsend loves adding braids to existing ‘dos to add a new dimension, he also loves the opportunity to allow braids to be the star of the show. “To create this look on Jennifer Lawrence, I did two low braids in the back behind each ear, pulled them up over her head, and pinned them together at the top of the hair.  This style really depends on texture to make it look modern and updated, so I go through quite a bit of Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo. It’s my favorite product to give hair that cool, lived-in texture without it looking product-y.” 

Looking for even more texture? Try adding fabric; this video will show you how! 

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For Living Proof celebrity hairstylist Chris McMillan, 2013 hair means bangs: thick, blunt, and statement-making ones. “It’s all about Carla Bruni on the cover of FrenchVogue,” he says. To get the best bangs for you, McMillan suggests taking a cue from your hair type. “If your hair is thinner, cut thicker bangs. If your hair is thick, stay away from heavier bangs.” This will ensure that your bangs make a statement, without overwhelming your face. 

Wondering how to get Carla’s perfectly smooth, but not flat, style? “Amp2 is my go-to product at the moment,” he continues. “It was created for shorter, layered looks, but I’ve also been using it when styling bangs. You just spread a tiny bit on your fingertips, then you can pull through bangs to make everything feel more textured. I’m loving that tousled look right now.” 

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Ok, so who else was totally obsessed with Kate Hudson’s swingy, sexy blowout at the Golden Globes? Hudson definitely has a fan in Wella Professionals celebrity stylist Andy LeCompte, who says that this year will be all about ’70s glamour. “Think Jerry Hall and Debbie Harry…a deep side part, lots of volume — hair that’s encouraged to fall in your face,” he explains. 

To get hair this va-va-voomy, LeCompte is in love with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier, followed by a blowout and some serious roughing up. “The idea is that the girl got a perfect, perky blowout, and then rolled around in bed a bit,” LeCompte says. So, if you needed some convincing to not go the pixie route (hey, it’s not for everyone!), this is the look to add some serious sex appeal to your long locks. 

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Another look that LeCompte is totally digging? Yup, you guessed it: braids, but a majorly gussied-up version. “For the new year, I’m really excited about creating luxurious looks with braids, like this topknot I did on Nicole Richie. Braids can be casual and cool, but I’m excited to take them in a more decadent, refined direction.” 

The man knows his way around a good plait: he was also the mastermind behind our best braid so far of 2013, aka the look that Lucy Liu wore at the Golden Globes. “Lucy’s dress was so romantic and lovely. I wanted this really textured, winding braid — it was like the snake in the garden of Eden.” Talk about dark glamour. 

Photo: Gregory Pace/BEImages


Says Jeanie Syfu, hairstylist and national spokesperson for Tresemmé: “For the new year, I’m really excited about natural texture,” like these natural, fluffy waves that she styled for Rebecca Minkoff. “Everyone can use some kind of product or some heat styling, but I love to see women embrace and enhance their natural texture, rather than fighting it. Textured curls, afros…bring it on!” 

To enhance and control your god-given waves and curls, Syfu suggests a mousse (she likes Tresemmé Climate Control). “On wet hair, apply it around the hairline first, then split hair into four sections (more for thicker hair) and apply the mousse section by section, to make sure that it’s applied evenly. 

To keep the look current, Syfu suggests showing your ends some love. “For a long time, it was all about beachy waves with disheveled ends, but the best way to keep your textured look current is to finish your style by smoothing the ends with a Mason Pearson brush (or even with a flat iron!) to get a more polished look.” 

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If you’re looking for a big change, Syfu is another stylist that’s loving statement cuts for the new year. “I’m really feeling mid-length to short haircuts for 2013. Something short, edgy — a major haircut, like Michelle Williams’.” 

With this look, says the stylist, it’s the haircut itself that makes the statement, more so than the texture or the style. “When you have a fresh, graphic ‘do, you can just get up and go, rather than pondering a braid versus a ponytail. And it really can become a fashionable, signature look — just think of what it did for Anna Wintour!” 

Photo: Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEImages

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